Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
July 26On July 26, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1775 that the U.S. Postal Service was established. We also take a look back on when the inhumane “Tuskegee Experiments” were revealed in 1972, disturbing the nation. And on the day of her birth, we profile Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
July 27On July 27, Through the Decades explores the beginnings of Bugs Bunny with a look back on his film debut in A Wild Hare. We’re also delving into the history of when the Kerner Commission was tasked to investigate the cause of urban race riots happening across America and on the day of his birth we celebrate the life and legacy of television pioneer Norman Lear.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
July 28On July 28, Through the Decades turns back the lens of time on when the American military aircraft known as the B-17 Flying Fortress made its maiden flight. We also take you back to the time when Ice-T’s song, Cop Killer, tested the very nature of freedom of speech and on the day of her birth we profile former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
July 29On July 29, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1981 that viewers around the world celebrated Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s fairytale wedding. We also take a look back on when The Doors topped the charts with “Light My Fire” in 1967. And on the day of her birth, we profile country superstar Martina McBride.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
July 30On July 30, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1999 that horror film “The Blair Witch Project” hit theaters. We also take a look back on when President Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965. And on the day of his birth, we profile “The Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Sat 8:00AM ET
Gone Too SoonThrough the Decades reminisces on the lives of those who lived large but were lost too soon. From music legends Selena and Prince – or royal ladies Grace Kelly and Princess Diana – to comedians John Belushi and Sam Kinison or movie stars Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
August 2On August 2, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1873 that the first San Francisco cable car climbed up the street—launching an iconic transport system and tourist attraction. We also take a look back on when Albert Einstein penned a letter to President Roosevelt in 1939 that spurred the invention of the atomic bomb. And on the day of his birth, we profile T.V. legend Carroll O’Connor.
Bill Kurtis is an author, producer, and award-winning journalist. Bill got his start in television working for WIBW in Topeka, KS. His work with CBS News ranged from covering the fall of Saigon to anchoring "The CBS Morning News." His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers, as well Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for A&E Network and American Greed on CNBC.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America. He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also is the judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Kerry Sayers has spent more than twenty years in the media industry, working in radio and television. For much of that time, Sayers has been at the epicenter of Chicago sports. She has hosted shows for Comcast and covered football for Fox. Sayers began her career at WILX in Lansing, MI and has since worked across the country from Buffalo to the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter and just welcomed their second child, a son, in September.
Ellee Pai Hong
Ellee Pai Hong is a veteran journalist, having spent a career covering news and teaching journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ellee started her career in broadcast news as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, IL. She made the jump to Decatur, IL then Hartford, CT before landing as anchor for NBC in Chicago.
Ellee moved to the United States from Korea as a child and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children.